I've got what it takes to win a major, says Johnson

Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:11pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson refuses to get too downcast about his costly late blunder at last month's U.S. Open and believes he has still "got what it takes" to land a breakthrough victory in a major championship.

The big-hitting American has been close several times and at Chambers Bay four weeks ago he had the trophy in his grasp before agonizingly three-putting the final hole to hand the title to compatriot Jordan Spieth.

"It gives me the confidence to know I have what it takes to win," Johnson told reporters ahead of this week's British Open at St Andrews.

"I think I showed that at the U.S. Open. Coming down the back nine I was hitting the shots I wanted to hit, unfortunately the ball wasn't bouncing in the hole.

"I played really well that week. I was happy with the way I played and the way I handled myself coming down the last few holes," Johnson said on Monday.

"It wasn't too difficult to get over it. Obviously I was a little disappointed I didn't get the job done but I was definitely happy with the way I played."

Johnson has suffered a string of major championship near-misses, starting at the 2010 U.S. Open where he fell away after going into the final round holding a three-stroke lead.

Two months later he was again at the top of the leaderboard with one hole to play at the U.S. PGA Championship but incurred a controversial two-shot penalty for grounding his club while deemed to be in a fairway bunker.   Continued...

Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Dustin Johnson hits from the fairway on the 11th hole in the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports